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June 25, 2003

W.Va. man treated for stab wounds

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was stabbed early Tuesday after he stepped between two men who were involved in a fight at Club Venus, according to police.

Curtis Lowry was taken to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries, said Chief Deputy Kenneth Lemaster of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department. A hospital employee at Winchester Medical Center said she was not allowed to release any information.

Lemaster said Lowry was in his early 20s.

The call was reported at around 2 a.m. at the club, which is on W.Va. 9 outside Martinsburg.

Cpl. Ron Gardner was investigating the case.

Burn victim listed in fair condition

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro man who was burned on the face and arms in a fire in his apartment Monday night was listed in fair condition Tuesday by a spokeswoman at the Baltimore Regional Burn Center.

Robin Stake of 114 W. Main St., was frying fish on top of his stove in the third-floor apartment when grease in the pan caught fire, Waynesboro Fire Chief Dale Fishack said Tuesday.


He tried to douse the flames in his bathtub but burning grease fell from the pan as he was carrying it, Fishack said. The bathroom is in the middle of the apartment.

The burning grease started a series of small fires, Fishack said. Also, his shirt caught on fire and it started another fire when he threw it on the floor.

Damage was limited to Stake's third-floor apartment from fire and high heat and smoke, Fishack said. He estimated the damage at around $15,000.

An apartment below suffered minor damage and the first-floor office of state Rep. Patrick Fleagle, R-Waynesboro, was not damaged, Fishack said.

Man held on bond after stabbing in city

A man charged with stabbing another man Friday at Noland Village was being held on $2 million bond Tuesday following a Monday evening bond hearing before a Washington County District Court Commissioner.

Gregory Allen Lassiter, 33, whose last known address was 40 N. Mulberry St., was charged with second-degree attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a deadly weapon, and using a deadly weapon with the intent to injure.

During the hearing, Lassiter said he had lived in Maryland for six years. He told the commissioner he had lived on North Mulberry Street for the last six months.

Hagerstown City Police were called to 1052H Noland Drive in Noland Village at about 5 p.m. Friday and they found Julius Ladipor Kaliku, 23, with stab wounds to the neck and side.

Kaliku was listed in good condition at Washington County Hospital Tuesday morning. Information could not be obtained Tuesday night.

After an anonymous call, police said they learned the stabbing occurred at Court 4, Noland Village.

Man charged with pulling knife at bar

A man charged with pulling out a butcher knife at a bar in downtown Hagerstown Friday night was being held on $50,000 bond Tuesday night at the Washington County Detention Center.

Ernesto Barahona, 42, of 17 N. Mulberry St., was charged Friday with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed and deadly weapon, and carrying a deadly weapon with the intent to injure.

According to charging documents filed in Washington County District Court, Barahona and another man were inside the crowded Meda's Tavern on East Franklin Street when the man punched Barahona in the face, the documents said.

Barahona, who was knocked to the ground, allegedly pulled a butcher knife from his back pants pocket and began waving the knife around, police said.

According to the charging documents, witnesses said they saw Barahona chasing the man outside Meda's Tavern and through the city parking lot. Then witnesses said they saw Barahona give the knife to someone in a car, who then drove off, the charging documents alleged.

Hagerstown City Police arrested both men just before 7 p.m. Friday, but it was not clear if the other man faced charges.

City residents face charges of false claims

Two Hagerstown residents face charges of making false claims to police in separate incidents this month, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Jamis Ford, 35, of 60 Belview Ave., and Julia Diane Pellerin, 44, of 327 N. Mulberry St., both were served with criminal summonses Monday, charging them each with one count making a false report to a police officer.

Ford allegedly told police on June 13 that he had been the victim of a kidnapping and a robbery the night before on North Jonathan Street. But when police examined department video camera footage within several hours of the time Ford had provided, police said they found no evidence the crime had occurred.

Pellerin allegedly reported to police on June 9 that she had been robbed two days earlier, a Saturday, on East Franklin Street.

After a follow-up interview last week, police alleged that Pellerin changed her story from being robbed on East Franklin Street to her wallet being stolen from a counter top at Meda's Tavern, which is on East Franklin Street.

Motorcyclist injured in crash on U.S. 30

FORT LOUDON, Pa. - A motorcyclist was airlifted out for treatment Tuesday afternoon after colliding with a box truck in Fort Loudon, according to emergency officials.

The wreck happened at 3:54 p.m. near the intersection of U.S. 30 and Pa. 75.

The motorcyclist suffered head and leg injuries and was flown by helicopter to York (Pa.) Hospital, according to MMPW Fire Chief Nick Barbuzanes.

Barbuzanes said two people in the truck refused treatment at the scene.

State troopers detoured traffic around the wreck, he said.

No additional information could be obtained.

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